Up next on News 7 at Eleven-
A deadly train wreck just North of Washington DC- between an Amtrak train
and a commuter train.
Autopsy results show how a Radford Freshman and a Tech grad student died.
Plus Actor McLean Stevenson of MASH fame died after suffering a heart
And Robin with the Weekend forecast-
News 7 is next.
A deadly train crash just north of Washington DCTERMS.
Twelve people are dead- 14 others are hurt.
An Amtrak Train and a Maryland Rail Commuter train collided during a
heavy snowstorm this afternoon.
Dave Fehling is on the scene with the latest.
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SUPER=05-Silver Spring, MD;
OUT Q=now back to you.
The badly decomposed body of a Roanoke woman was found on the banks of the
James River in Botetourt Count.
Authorities are calling the death suspicious.
Two men found the remains of 31 year old Rebecca Jean Wright yesterday.
She was reported missing in December.
Her body was about a mile downstream from an interstate bridge, near Cherry
IN Q=Fairly unusual
((REED KELLY/BOTETOURT COUNTY SHERIFF: FAIRLY UNUSUAL PLACE TO FIND A BODY. THE
CIRCUMSTANCES SURROUNDING THE DISAPPEARANCE OF THIS PERSON WERE SUSPICIOUS.
THAT ALONG WITH SOME OTHER THINGS POINT TO A SUSPICIOUS DEATH. ))
OUT Q=suspicious death
The body was brought to Roanoke for an autopsy.
Alcohol poisoning is to blame for the death of a Radford University
Blood and tissue testing indicate 18 year- old Valerie Cole drank herself
Cole's friends found her dead in her dorm room Saturday.
The University has suspended two fraternities for alleged alcohol
Cole went to those frat parties last Friday night.
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Meanwhile, the Medical Examiner has ruled the death of a Virginia Tech
graduate student suicide.
The body of 26 year- old Theresa Cortney Gillespie was found Tuesday in a
wooded area behind Lane Stadium.
She hadn't been seen for two days.
An autopsy ruled out physical injuries or foul play.
Lab reports revealed Gillespie overdosed on sleeping pills.
For several weeks workers at the I-T-T Night Vision plant in Roanoke County
have been sittting on pins and needles, awaiting a major contract from the U-S
Len Besthoff reports today's announcement means the 600-plus I-T-T employees
will probably be pretty busy for the next few years.
IN Q=I-T-T Night
OUT Q=LB, News-7.
(( I-T-T Night Vision workers got the news they've been waiting for.
The U-S Army has chosen the Roanoke County plant to supply it with
239-million-dollars worth of night vision equipment over the next few years.
Management says winning this contract underscores the Army's confidence in
I-T-T Night Vision as the undisputed leader in this field.
I-T-T has only one domestic competitor-the Litton Corporation.
The last night vision contract was split between the two companies.
But Litton protested since it had a lower bid; and it was decided that this
time around only one company would win the contract.
Fortunately, for I-T-T Night Vision workers, they came out on top, because
the plant's workforce has declined since the Gulf War from a thousand people to
a little more than 600.
Len Besthoff, News-7.))
Today marks another milestone for the V-WIL program at Mary Baldwin College.
It's been six months since it started.
Jay Moore takes a look at ceremonies conferring the rank of a dozen cadets.
IN Q=How well
SUPER=01-Brenda Bryant/VWIL Director; :17
SUPER=01-Trimble Bailey/VWIL Cadet from Roanoke; :29
SUPER=03-Alleghany Co./August; :38
SUPER=01-Kim Bond/VWIL Cadet from Radford; :49
SUPER=01-Sherri Sharpe/VWIL Cadet from Martinsville; 1:04
SUPER=01-Allyson Hatfield/Cadet from Madison Heights; 1:17
OUT Q=News 7
(( How well is the women's alternative program to V-M-I going?
IN Q=(nat sound) Who will..
((WHO WILL. WE WILL. WE ARE VWIL.))
OUT Q=We are VWIL (cheer out).
That pretty much sums up how these cadets are working together.
12 of the 40 cadets received their stripes, something new for this freshman
IN Q=It's amazing
((BRENDA BRYANT/VWIL DIRECTOR: IT'S AMAZING TO ME. IT WAS ONLY SIX MONTHS AGE
WE BEGAN. THEY'VE COME A VERY LONG WAY AND DEMONSTRATED TODAY HOW MUCH THEY'VE
OUT Q=they've learned.
Rank is based on merit in academics, fitness, drill, and ceremony, and
IN Q=I'm very honored
((TRIMBLE BAILEY/VWIL CADET FROM ROANOKE: I'M VERY HONORED AND PROUD OF ALL
THE GIRLS WHO RECEIVED RANK AND THOSE WHO DIDN'T. EVERYONE'S WORKED SO HARD
AND IT'S VERY EXCITING TO SEE WHAT'S GOING TO COME AHEAD NEXT.))
OUT Q=ahead next.
Back in August, the inaugural class faced what many would say was an uphill
Radford's Kim Bond has stepped up to show her leadership as Commanding
Officer of the corp.
IN Q=I think it's
((KIM BOND/VWIL CADET FROM RADFORD: I THINK IT'S BEEN GREAT. BEEN BETTER THAN
ANY OF US COULD HAVE EXPECTED. A LOT OF US WEREN'T SURE WHAT WAS GOING TO
HAPPEN. WE HAD A LOT OF EXPECTATION. AND I THINK EVERYONE'S EXPECTATIONS ARE
FALLING INTO PLACE AND WITH EACH OTHER AND WE'RE FORMING A GREAT CORP. ))
OUT Q=a great corp.
So what has it taken to make this program work?
IN Q=A lot of
((SHERRI SHARPE/VWIL CADET FROM MARTINSVILLE: A LOT OF MEMORIZATION. IT TOOK
ME A LONG TIME TO GET DOWN THE SKILLS THAT WE USE AND SOMETIME TOOK HOURS OUT
OF THE DAY YOU DIDN'T EXPECT. IT WAS KIND OF HARD AT FIRST BUT IT'S WORTH IT.
OUT Q=worth it.
IN Q=It's gone excellent
((ALLYSON HATFIELD/CADET FROM MADISON HEIGHTS: IT'S GONE EXCELLENT. I'VE
LEARNED A LOT ABOUT MYSELF AND ABOUT OTHER PEOPLE I'VE WORKED WITH. LEADERSHIP
SKILLS, TRAINING STYLES AND I'M VERY EXCITED ABOUT THE REST OF THE YEAR, THE
PROGRESSIVE YEARS AS WE GO.))
OUT Q=as we go.
And if the success thus far is any indication of what's to come in the
future than the class of '99 should have a lot to look forward to.
In Staunton, Jay Moore, News 7.))
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Still to come on the broadcast, investigators say they may never know what
caused a fatal fire in Craig County,
and a star from one of television's most successful shows passes away in
Toss to Robin
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The investigation in a fatal fire in Craig County has been closed.
SUPER=03-Craig Co/January 30;
For three weeks state police have tried unsuccessfully to find out what
sparked the blaze.
Five-year old Chritopher Howard and his three year sister Harlee died in the
They apparently locked themselves in a closet when the fire broke out.
Investigators now say they may never know how the fire started.
GRAPHIC=Roanoke City Seal
The Roanoke man who says police used excessive force during an arrest last
weekend is now calling for state and federal investigations of the incident.
Steven Leftwich isn't satisfied with the police department's review of the
Leftwich and his cousin William Hayden joined their attorney for a morning
What should have been a routine traffic stop took a violent turn early
Police chief M. David Hooper says he believes the officers used reasonable
force to subdue and arrest Leftwich.
But Norfolk attorney Harold Barnes says his client did not deserve the
beating he received.
IN Q=When you go to
((HAROLD BARNES: WHEN YOU GO TO THE POLICE ACADEMY, THEY TEACH YOU METHODS OF
TAKE DOWN SO THAT YOU ONLY USE THAT AMOUNT OF FORCE NECESSARY TO BRING THAT
INDIVIDUAL UNDER CONTROL. SO I SUBMIT TO YOU THAT HIS FACE IS A LIVING
TESTIMONY TO WHAT INDEED HAPPENED ON THAT NIGHT AND THOSE ARE NOT SELF-
SUPER=01-Harold Barnes/Leftwich's Attorney;
OUT Q=self- inflicted injuries.
Barnes wants the U-S Justice Department, the State Attorney General's
Office and a special prosecutor to conduct their own investigations.
And he says his client is considering a lawsuit.
A Florida official in Pat Buchanan's campaign has been pushed aside.
Susan Lamb was a leader in the National Association for the Advancement of
((SUSAN LAMB/NAAWP MEMBER: THE NAAWP DOES NOT ENDORSE ANY INDIVIDUAL CANDIDATE.
WE ARE NON PARTISAN, SO MY SUPPORT IS AS AN INDIVIDUAL AND I WILL CAMPAIGN FOR
SUPER=01-Susan Lamb/NAAWP Member;
OUT Q=FOR Pat Buchanan."
Lamb says her group is not racist-
She says it fights affirmative action and other programs that she says
unfairly discriminate against whites.
Freshman Roanoke state Senator John Edwards is making a name for himself in
That name is liberal, according to some observers.
Edwards prefers the term "traditionalist."
Ellen Qualls reports.
IN Q=His allies
SUPER=01-Sen. Louise Lucas/(D) Portsmouth; :05
SUPER=01-Sen. Jackson Reasor/(D) Bluefield; :10
SUPER=01-Sen. Dick Saslaw/(D) Fairfax; :13
SUPER=01-Sen. Mark Earley/(R) Chesapeake; :21
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( His allies decline to stick the liberal label on him on camera.
((SEN. LOUISE LUCAS/D-PORTSMOUTH: I FOUND HIM TO BE A VERY SENSITIVE AND
CARING PERSON, A VERY PEOPLE-ORIENTED PERSON.))
((SEN. JACK REASOR/D-BLUEFIELD: I THINK IT'S TOO EARLY TO START LABELLING
SENATOR EDWARDS OR ANY OTHER NEW MEMBER.))
((SEN. DICK SASLAW: HE CERTAINLY DIDN'T TAKE A LIBERAL STAND ON GUNS.))
But John Edwards's graduation from Roanoke City Hall to the State Capitol
has NOT occurred quietly.
It has been--
((SEN. MARK EARLEY/R-CHESAPEAKE: I THINK SOMEWHAT OF AN UNEXPECTED SURPRISE IN
TERMS OF HIS FREQUENCY OF SPEAKING AND THE LIBERAL BENT OF HIS VOTES. MY SENSE
OF THE ROANOKE REGION OF THE STATE IS THAT IT'S MUCH MORE CONSERVATIVE
ORIENTED. MUCH MORE FAMILY VALUE ORIENTED THAN SOME OF HIS VOTES WOULD
((SEN. JOHN EDWARDS: I DON'T KNOW WHAT THEY'RE TALKING ABOUT AS FAR AS THAT'S
CONCERNED. I HAVE TRIED TO STAND UP IN THE JUVENILE JUSTICE REFORM BILL TO
MAKE SURE WE UNDERSTAND THAT BEING TOUGH ON CRIME IS NOT THE SAME THING AS
TAKING CARE OF OUR CHILDREN.))
Another example: a vote AGAINST the death penalty for serial killers -- a
bill written by Lynchburg's Steve Newman.
((SEN. JOHN EDWARDS/D-ROANOKE: I JUST DIDN'T THINK IT WAS WRITTEN WELL. I
TRIED TO WORK WITH HIM TO COME UP WITH BETTER LANGUAGE, BUT IT DIDN'T WORK.))
((SEN. DICK SASLAW/D-FAIRFAX: HE'S ONE OF THE SMARTEST GUYS UP HERE. VERY
VERY BRIGHT. AND HE'S A REAL QUICK STUDY.))
Edwards says his career as a federal prosecutor made him look at things in
terms of legal precedent or tradition-- so he tends to reject the rightward
shift of the new Senate.
And he says he's NOT into the parliamentary tricks some of his colleagues
use to conceal their controversial tracks.
Whatever label you attach, what you see is what you get.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
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Coming up a little later,
we'll meet an artist of a different kind. We really mean it when we say he is
a CUT above all the rest.
MUSIC UP FULL
You probably remember him as Henry Blake on the hit series MASH-
Actor McLean Stevenson has died- after suffering a heart attack.
((THERE ARE CERTAIN RULES ABOUT A WAR AND RULE NUMBER ONE IS YOUNG MEN DIE AND
RULE NUMBER TWO IS DOCTORS CAN'T CHANGE THAT. SHUT UP. YOU SHUT UP FRANK.))
OUT Q=YOU SHUT UP FRANK."
Stevenson played Lieutenant Colonel Henry Blake on the
show- for its first three seasons.
Stevenson was 66.
The snow's made roads slick.
V-DOT says that's because this snow is wetter than the past two storms.
Even there isn't as much snow, road conditions can be deceiving.
Snow did contribute to an accident in Montgomery County this afternoon that
injured one person.
The driver lost control of the car, it hit an embankment and overturned.
Crews were out in the early morning hours clearing off snow and putting down
Radford put up some big first half numbers and the Highlanders cruise to
an easy 87 to 68 win over Coastal Carolina.
Ron Bradley's Highlanders were working on a three game winning streak.
And Jason Lansdown opened the game with a couple of baskets to give Radford
a three point lead.
Coastal came right back Donald Moore takes the ball to the hoop for the
score and Radford led by 2.
Then the Highlanders put together a 15 to 2 run behind two three pointers
by Anthony Walker and Radford led 50 to 25 at the half.
Coastal tried to get back in the game by going hard to the boards for the
inside baskets but still trailed by 20.
The Highlanders maintained the big SUPER=33-Radford/=87/Coastal
lead and they get the 87 to 68 win over Coastal Carolina tonight at the Dedmon
The second annual Old Dominion Athletic Conference Men's Basketball
Banquet tipped off tonight over in Salem at the Salem Civic Center.
Because of the snow; Randolph Macon, Hampden Sydney and several Lynchburg
players were unable to attend.
The all conference teams were announced. Randolph Macon senior guard Kurt
Axe was named the ODAC player of the year. he lead the conference in 3 point
field goals made with 59.
Bridgewater coach Bill Leatherman was named ODAC coach of the year. His
Eagles finished third in the conference after being picked 8th in the preseason
IN Q="it's been
((BILL LEATHERMAN/ODAC COACH OF THE YEAR:))
SUPER=01-Bill Leatherman/ODAC Coach of the Year; :00
OUT Q=...a couple of games"
Guilford's Tharon Robinson was named ODAC freshman of the year and all five
Roanoke College starters were selected to one of the three ODAC teams. The
tournament begins tomorrow at 1pm.
The 10-th ranked Virginia Tech Hokies host top ranked and undefeated
Massachusetts at the Cassell tomorrow afternoon in Blacksburg.
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Jan. 10, 1983; :
The last time an undefeated team played in the Cassell it was January
10-th 1983 the opponent was Memphis State.
Dell Curry was a freshman and scored 16 points Keith Colbert held All
American Keith Lee to 13 points and Junior Reggie Steppe scored 21 in the 69 to
The head coach on that team was Charlie Moir.
IN Q="I told my
((CHARLIE MOIR/COACHED 1983 TEAM: ))
SUPER=01-Charlie Moir/Coached 1983 Team; :
OUT Q=.....and converted."
Moir remembers the game as if it was yesterday. Especially the crowd which
remained in the Cassell long after the Hokies had pulled off the upset.
IN Q="I would not...
((CHARLIE MOIR: ))
OUT Q= ....they will."
SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC/TNT SPORTS; :
At the Hive tonight, Matt Geiger was not even suppose to play because of
back spasms but the big guy had a career high 28 points with Charlotte to lead
the Hornets over the Nuggets.
For that and all of the scores lets check the boards.
IN Q=FIRST SCORE
And coming up, the Express was on the hard water at the Roundhouse
And Sterling Marlin goes after his third straight win in the Daytona 500
The Roanoke express was at the Roundhouse tonight taking on a South
CArolina team that has been hot on the road.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Express vs Stingrays; :
Daniel Berthiaume would lead his Express against South Carolina trying to
break their 12 game winning streak.
And the Express came out and get it started at the halfway point of the
first Ila Dubkov passes to Dave Stewart who slaps it in on the upper shelf for
a one to nothing Express lead.
South Carolina tied it up in the second as Rob Donavan hits Kevin Knopp
for the wide open goal to make the score one to one.
Then with three minutes remaining in the second period Jeff Jedstedt gets
SUPER=34-Roanoke/==4/South Carolina/==3;the lose puck and the assist to Jason
Clarke who gets his 20-th goal of the season the Express wins it 4 to 3.
The drivers have only one more practice session tomorrow afternoon before
the green flag drops for Sunday's Daytona 500.
Today Mike Stevens talks with a driver who hopes to make history in Sunday's
IN Q=First audio
SUPER=03-Daytona, FL; :17
SUPER=01-Sterling Marlin/1994-95 Winner; :23
SUPER=01-Dale Earnhardt/Has Never Won Daytona 500; 1:13
OUT Q=.....7 sports."
A tree trunk is his canvas.
The smell of sawdust and the sounds of a chainsaw fill his studio- usually
a busy street corner.
Tracy Altizer found Bath County's Don Blanchard today in Pulaski, creating
his works of art.
IN Q=You might say it started
SUPER=01-Don Blanchard; :12
OUT Q=News 7 Pulaski.
(( You might say it started as a result of procrastination, when Don
Blanchard was supposed to be cutting firewood to heat his home.
((DON BLANCHARD/CHAINSAW ARTIST: I DIDN'T KNOW I WAS GONNA WORK MYSELF TO DEATH
TO STAY WARM, BUT BEFORE I CUT ANY FIREWOOD I ACTUALLY DID MY FIRST CARVING. ))
Or you might say it was Divine Inspiration.
((I GUESS THE GOOD LORD HAD THAT IN MIND, THAT'S THE ONLY THING I KNOW. I MEAN
I BELIEVE THAT WITH ALL MY HEART. ))
However it started 13 years ago, it ended up a new career.
Blanchard, a school yearbook photographer put down his camera, revved up his
chainsaw and never looked back.
SOT nat break of chainsaw
With a slice here and a cut there, Blanchard transforms tree trunks into
intricate sculptures. He has no patterns, only his imagination and his saw.
((I KNOW WHAT IT'S GOING TO BE AND PRETTY MUCH HOW TO START, AND IT JUST GOES
FROM THERE. ))
It may be that Blanchard is as much a free spirit as the Native Americans
and the eagles he carves.
You'll rarely find him at a craft show. He prefers to create and sell on
busy roadsides from town to town.
((IT'S A LITTLE EASIER, I HAVE A LITTLE FREEDOM THAT WAY. I DON'T HAVE TO HAVE
A SCHEDULE TO BE ANYWHERE. I DON'T HAVE SOMEBODY NEXT TO MEE MAKING APPLE
BUTTER OR PLAYING MUSIC OR SOMETHING. ))
Blanchard has spent three days in Pulaski. When asked where he plans to be
next week he replied, "I don't know, wherever the Good Lord takes me I guess."
near you. Tracy Altizer, News 7 Pulaski.))
So keep your eyes open, you might find him carving out his niche on a corner